Of course, it isn't all work! Here are some pics from the Blue Ball on Saturday night:
The geese are (l to r) Greg Trine, Tina Nicols Coury, Yuki Yoshino
Thalia Chaltas and Gwen Dandridge (with glowing electric blue wings)
And the Blue Man group, which I think were actually all women =)
And here are a few more nuggets from the conference:
From author Holly Black:
(doesn't she have a great smile?!)
Fantasy is the language of metaphor. It has real things to say about us and about our world.
Details make it rooted, make readers believe that it's a place they have been.
We're all writing the stories we wanted someone else to write for us. We all build on each other.
From editor Krista Marino:
Every publisher wants their authors to be blogging. (YES!!!)
Target editors or junior editors who are building their lists. They are more likely to have the time to help nurture projects they love.
Take luck out of the equation and do everything you can.
Writing and revising is a collaboration. Find an editor that gets your project. It needs to be a partnership so you need to be sure they have the same vision as you for the book.
Take things from every part of your life and put it in your fiction.
Editor Elizabeth Law gave a fabulous speech about how publishing is changing. She is incredibly funny and an excellent speaker. I was surprised to hear that her company, Egmont, donates all of their profits to children's charities. Isn't that cool?
She also had this question for writers who are afraid to submit or who come up with numerous excuses for not submitting: "I just turned 49 and I'm overweight, but if I can go on a blind date in New York, why can't you send in your manuscript?"
Becky Levine challenged me to talk to one person I didn't already know and I did that. As a result I met Cindy, Rachel and Paige, all fabulous writers with excellent taste in dinner and friends =), and Marietta Zucker, an agent with Nancy Gallt (who I'll be interviewing here on the blog in the next few weeks). So thanks Becky!
After all, hanging out on the lobby sofa talking to an agent with my new BFFs is really a fabulous way to wrap up the day, don't you think?